Horizon 2020 will be the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Planned to run from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, the EU’s new Programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create the conditions for new growth and jobs in Europe.
Horizon 2020 will bring together all existing EU research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
ICT brings unique responses to society's challenges such as the growing needs for sustainable healthcare and ageing well, for better security and privacy, for a lower carbon economy and for intelligent transport. The overall aim of EU research and innovation in information and communication (ICTs) under Horizon 2020 is to bring the benefits of progress in these technologies to European citizens and businesses.
This EU investment will support the ICT research and innovation that can best deliver new business breakthroughs, often on the basis of emerging technologies. In particular, ICT in Horizon 2020 will support the development of ICT in Science, ICT in industrial leadership and ICT in societal challenges.
More information on Horizon 2020
Fact sheet: "ICT in Horizon 2020" (pdf 14KB)
For the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015, we drafted a guide of ICT-related activities.